Only the family members of the players and Fantasy owners care about this one. But the latter group should carve out some time to pay attention to this one, because it could result in a bounty of points. OK, enough Thanksgiving metaphors, already. After the teams were outscored by a combined 47-14 last week,
they’re due to put up some points.
It looks like John Skelton will once again start for Arizona even after stinking it up in a 23-7 loss to the 49ers. And Skelton was yanked long before the Cardinals put up the 7. But Kevin Kolb is likely to miss another game, so Skelton will apparently get a chance at redemption. Beanie Wells continues to be limited by a knee injury, so while it looks like he’ll play, Chester Taylor and LaRod Stephens-Howling will probably get carries as well. Larry Fitzgerald has scored 4 TDs in his last three, but his 7-reception, 146-yard bust-out in Week 10 was sandwiched between two outings where he averaged only 42 yards.
Against the Seahawks, the Rams played like a team that can’t wait to get the season over with. Sam Bradford has gone down the toilet, and even Steven Jackson couldn’t manage anything more than 42 yards on 15 carries. Brandon Lloyd, however, scored for the second straight week.
Even a couple of offenses that sleepwalked through last week should be able to put up good numbers in this one, simply because the defenses are so pathetic. The Rams give up only 215 YPG but 16 TDs through the air, while they allow an astounding 148 YPG on the ground – the worst in the league – and have given up 8 rushing scores. The Cardinals give up 256 YPG against the pass and have allowed 11 TDs, while the run game has been gashed for 127 YPG and 12 TDs. It’s hard to put much stock in either Bradford or Skelton, but Steven Jackson should run wild like he did in Week 9 against Arizona, when he had 29 carries for 130 yards. And if Wells shows that he can carry more of a load, he is in line for a great game as well. But as of this writing, that was a big “if.”
RB Steven Jackson, WR Brandon Lloyd, WR Larry Fitzgerald
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD STARTS:
QB Sam Bradford, QB John Skelton, RB Beanie Wells, WR Andre Roberts, WR Early Doucet